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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

ZAP’ ADOS in Calais, France by Bang Architectes

February 21st, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Bang Architectes

Conversion of industrial hall into Skate Park and Youth Centre

Create a signal in the landscape

The operation takes place along a canal in St. Pierre, which is the former industrial district of Calais.In this bleak urban landscape, The future facility must signal its presence and invite potential users, the young and curious, to enter. The high clearance at the front of the building offers increased visibility of the west gable. This gable, which has been completely redesigned, will project a strong signal into the public space.

Night View (Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo)

  • Architects: Bang Architectes (Nicolas Gaudard and Nicolas Hugoo)
  • Project’s name: ZAP’ ADOS
  • Location: 87 quai de Lucien L’heureux 62100, Calais, France
  • Client: Ville de Calais
  • Engineer: B&R ingénierie
  • Photo credit: Julien Lanoo

Night View (Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo)

  • Program: conversion of industrial hall into Skate Park and Youth Centre
  • Floor area: 2 760 m²
  • Total cost: 1,5M € H.T.
  • Start of study: June 2010
  • Delivery: December 2011


Existing building outside (Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo)

Reclassify the hall

Prior to handing and processing the existing building had been dilapidated, vandalised and had become structurally unsafe. The first task was to open the dark hall before curettage and structural recovery. This was achieved by removing precast concrete panels on the eastern and western facades to release through-views and bring natural light into the heart of the building.


Existing building inside (Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo)

Express the new assignment of the building

The youth centre and the skate park extends beyond the gable and form two protrusions, which clearly signifies that the building has a new purpose. The architectural expression is unified by a common envelope made of expanded metal, which turns the silhouette from a hanger into a prism protruding from a singular hybrid form.


Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo

Linking the two programs

Inside the hall the various program elements are organised longitudinally, to optimise the length of the skate tracks and provide an entrance to the youth centre along the southern facade. The long inner wall is covered with an acoustic fabric stretched to form large «dimples». A sinusoid layer of large acoustic baffles is suspended from the ceiling to increase acoustic comfort for users. These technical elements offer inexpensive modifications that morph the inner space and hide the unsightly ceiling.


Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo

Create skate tracks

The modules are arranged in a strips logically oriented along the full length of the hall. On the west side a raised platform overlooks the front square. It serves as a high point: the launcher. The bowls (rare in the region) are installed at the east end of the hall to maintain space clearance. These complex curved surfaces are works of joinery and carpentry of great sophistication. A calm initiation zone is arranged along the indoor walkway and punctuated by modules. The modules are made of wood (not concrete) to maintain the adaptability of the skate park and the reversibility of the original allocation of the hall.


Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo

Bang Architectes

Bang Architectes was created based on the belief that the contemporary world allows for a new kind of architecture: innovative, attractive and intelligent. Sustainable development is crucial to future architecture and a central focus for the coming decades. New technological and political changes provide an opportunity for a new generation of architects to emerge and the chance to create a fresh architectural revolution. Architecture inspired by a need, architecture that makes sense, freed from the great dogmas of the twentieth century.


Interior View (Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo)

Nicolas Gaudard, Architect DPLG

After a degree in Mathematics at the Faculty of Orsay, he graduated from the Paris Belleville Architecture School in 2000 (after getting his DEFA at Paris Villemin). Nicolas has worked on various projects including: a year with Patrick Bouchain (Fratellini Academy in Saint Denis, Condition Publique in Roubaix) and five years at Beckmann N’Thépé as a project manager.


Interior View (Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo)

Nicolas Hugoo, Architect DPLG

After studying at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands in 1998 and at the Escuela Técnica Superior de La Coruña in Spain in 1999, he graduated from Lille Architect School in 2003. During his studies he successfully participated in several competitions. In 2001, he worked in Rotterdam at Buro Schie 2.0 (Droog Design) and later in 2002 at the Office of Mésarchitectures by Didier Faustino. Following this he spent four years as a project manager at Moussafir Architectes Associés in Paris.


Interior View (Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo)

Interior View (Images Courtesy Julien Lanoo)

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